This blog is for Communication among Marines and people interested in the Marines. The 10 is for Communications. The Photo above is Marble Mountain, Danang, Vietnam.

Dec 13, 2012

Marine Photos

Cobra River

An AH-1W Cobra with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 flies toward Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune to direct artillery fire across the New River during a training mission with 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines from Camp Lejeune, Nov. 29. HMLA took three Marines from the battalion to familiarize them with the procedures used in the air. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Manuel Estrada)
 — with Greeg DestuaAllin Dela Cruz Kurasig,Enrique Diaz and Ruel Peterson.

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Nov 29, 2012

The attached article is from General Amos, CMC. If the public ever wanted to know what is the U.S. Marine Corps and why we
exist, or what is a Marine, or an insight of who we are, they may want to read this.


LtCol Ronald S. Wozniak USMCR Retired

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Nov 25, 2012

Lt Presley O’Bannon

Photo: Lt Presley O’Bannon led the Marine Corps’ first battle on foreign soil in 1805 and helped Prince Hamet Bey restore his place as ruler of Tripoli. The battle is mentioned in the Marines’ Hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.” 

Explore the Marine Corps timeline here: Presley O’Bannon led the Marine Corps’ first battle on foreign soil in 1805 and helped Prince Hamet Bey restore his place as ruler of Tripoli. The battle is mentioned in the Marines’ Hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.” 

Explore the Marine Corps timeline here:


Nov 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a Hearty and Happy Thanksgiving this year!
Happy Thanksgiving 

Nov 17, 2012

Ho Chi Minh Trail Today

Some great photos of the Ho Chi Minh Trail today. 
I am sure that a lot of the vehicles were hit by 
bombs guided by old unit MASS-3 (Marine Air 
Support Squadron-3) from our five Air Support 
Radar Teams (ASRT) sites in I Corps,  South 
Vietnam from 1965 until 1971.

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Nov 10, 2012

Happy Birthday, Marines


     As we pause to celebrate the 237th birthday of our Corps, we reflect on the rich legacy of service handed down to us, we recommit ourselves to the tasks at hand, and we look forward toward a bright future in service to our country.
Marines exist to fight and win our Nation's battles. We are most proud of our well earned reputation for answering the clarion call first. This was never more evident than at the epic battle of Guadalcanal 70 years ago. Picked to lead the first allied counter-offensive ofthe Pacific war because they were the "most ready," Marines landed on 7 August 1942 in the Solomon Islands. They persevered through months of unremitting deprivation and bitter combat. By the time the veterans of the Blue Diamond, the Cactus Air Force, our legendary Marine Raiders, and initial elements of the Follow-Me Division gathered together to raise a canteen and toast the birthday of their beloved Corps some three months later, the battle was no longer an Issue. The situation was well in hand ... victory was assured.

We carry that same legacy of resolute commitment and valor today. Over the past year, Marines have stood firm in the toughest of circumstances and on numerous occasions. We've taken the fight to the enemy in Helmand and to the Hom of Africa. 

We've manned the ramparts of beleaguered embassies in the Middle East and North Africa, fought alongside our allies throughout the world, while behind the scenes, afloat and ashore, other Marines did the painstaking hard work required to maintain our high levels of readiness and efficiency.

As we look toward the future, we know that our sentimental place in the hearts of our fellow Americans and critical role in the defense of our way of life are assured. America has always wanted a Marine Corps .. .it's always been that way. Now, more than ever, America needs its Marines as we confront a dangerous and unpredictable world. Faced with difficult days ahead, we will continue to draw strength from our rich heritage and the shared values of the Marines to our left and to our right. We know who we are ... we know what we stand for. As ever we will strive to be found worthy of the legendary trust of our fellow Americans.

I salute the enduring faithfulness of those who have gone before, of those who wear our cloth today, and of the families who stand so resolutely at our sides. 

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fidelis,
General James Amos
James F. Amos
General, U.S. Marine Corps

Nov 7, 2012

Long Distance Kill Shot

New Long Distance Kill Shot Record (8,120 Feet / 2,706.67 Yards) 

Here is something that has been in the news the last few days. A British Army soldier by the name of Corporal Craig Harrison, of the Household Cavalry, set a new record for the longest shot in combat. Twice. Cpl. Harrison fired two shots at Taliban machine gunners in Afghanistan . They were confirmed via GPS to be 8,120 feet from Cpl. Harrison's position. That is 1.54 miles. More than a mile and a half. To make it even more astounding, the range was almost 3,000 feet beyond what is considered the effective range of the weapon. At that range the bullet takes around 3 seconds to reach the target.

The previous record was set in 2002 for a sniper kill at 7,972 ft. That shot was made by Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong, of Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, who was using a .50BMG McMillan TAC-50 rifle.

Harrison accomplished this feat with the above pictured weapon, a L115A3 rifle. The weapon is manufactured by Accuracy International in Britain and is chambered in the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. This is significant because the previous two shots that held the world record were with weapons chambered for the .50BMG. The .338 is a cartridge designed for accuracy and power beyond the range of the older 7.62mm rifles. It has a much flatter trajectory, which makes the complex trigonometry problem of finding the right arc to lob the bullet onto the target much easier. It is one of several other "lighter" rifle rounds like the .300 Win Mag., .416 Barrett, and .408 CheyTac that have been designed with extreme long range shooting in mind. Of especial importance is the velocity past 1000 meters, the shape of its trajectory and how long the cartridges stay supersonic.

The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare .338 is a bolt action, detachable magazine-fed, precision rifle. The rifle is about 15 pounds, unloaded and without optics. It can mount a variety of telescopic sights, laser designators, and night vision or thermal sights. In British service, it usually mounts a S&B 5-25x56mm day scope. The extra-large objective lens size of 56mm gathers a lot of light, making shots possible in the dawn, dusk, or into the shadows. The L115A3 can also mount a suppressor, helping to reduce the report flash and dust from the powerful rifle. The barrel is free floated for increased accuracy and is fluted for strength and cooling without excessive weight.

You don't get all that performance cheap though. News reports put the rifle at around $25,000. But if you put it in the right hands and it can hit a sized target from 4500 feet. More importantly, even at extreme range, the bullet retains its power, hitting with more force than a .44 Magnum at 25 feet.

It was just unlucky for the Taliban that conditions were so good and we could see them so clearly. We saw two insurgents running through its courtyard, one in a black dishdasha, and one in green. They came forward carrying a PKM machine gun, set it up and opened fire on the commanders wagon. The first round hit a machine gunner in the stomach and killed him outright. He went straight down and didn't move. The second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. He went down, too. They were both dead."

Cpl. Harrison had a memorable tour of duty, making the two impossible shots, having a bullet deflect off his helmet, and surviving an IED blast that broke both of his arms. He is reportedly healing well, and has returned to duty.

Corporal Harrison


In God We Trust!

Ist Marine Letter 2003

Nov 4, 2012

Have you ever read a story with no words?

 Have you ever read a story with no words?























What a great love story! for both of them!

Nov 3, 2012

Part of my Marine Vietnam Blog got picked up by Real Clear on Tuesday October 30, 2012. I have no idea how the found it but it was nice that my blog was chosen. My 15 minutes of fame.

Oct 16, 2012

New Record

Description: Description: Set New Record with 22-Mile Shot
 Quick NewsMilitary- 07.10.2012 

Story by: dabneybailey

A Marine unit broke records by hitting a group of Taliban insurgents with a 22-mile artillery shot, Marine Corps Times reports. And you think you're a good shot? Pfft - this shot was farther than most people's commute to work.

Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, California launched a 155mm M982 Excalibur round on a group of Afghani insurgents. They fired the round out of an M77 howitzer at Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, in Kajaki, launching the shot 36 kilometers into the neighboring Musa Qala district. The GPS-guided round was able to maintain its accuracy over an incredibly long distance and strike the Taliban insurgents out of the blue.

Not only did this set a record as the longest operational artillery shot in the history of the Marines, but it was also the longest shot with an Excalibur round, according to David Brockway of Raytheon Missile Systems, which is one of the companies involved in the development of Excalibur rounds.

The Excalibur round is specially designed to maintain accuracy up to 37.5 kilometers (23.3 miles) away. The rounds are jam-resistant, capable of being fired in all weather conditions, and can be fired at targets within 500 feet. Basically, anybody planning to take out a howitzer has to brave 20 miles of no-mans-land in order to reach the target.

The Marines ordered over a thousands of these rounds back in 2011, and they've been squeezing them off ever since. Evidently, they're getting more and more accurate.

Oct 14, 2012

CWO 5 William S. Crown

Crown, William S. 78, USMC CWO5 Retired 39 years, passed away October 8, 2012. Born in Chicago August 11, 1934 to the (late) Leroy and Mabel (Larson) Crown. He was the husband of Patricia (nee Serafin); Father of Cindy Crown and Bill (Stacie) Crown; Grandfather of Lauren and Katie. Memorial Service Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at: St. Luke Church, 1500 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, Illinois. Services will begin at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the Marine Corp. Scholorship Foundation. Interment will be in Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin at an undetermined date. Arrangement entrusted to the care of Donald A. Greene, Director. Info (847) 671-7868 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (847) 671-7868      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Semper Fi

Oct 11, 2012

Get Together at Maggiano's December 11, 2012



New Objective area for our event.
Cavanaugh’s in Chicago. Nice Irish bar on Federal Street across from Union League Club Parking lot. We have the back room for appetizers and drinks. No downstroke.

Pass the WORD. I will see you all there at 1800 hrs. 

 Ph# is 312-939-3125 My cell is 312-505-3923.

Told them at least 25 so be there. Make sure we invite SgtMajor Malarski, SgtMaj Pacynski, CWO-5 Roussell, Col. Steve Rubin.

Bring a toy for TOYS FOR TOTS!! Send me your traffic and confirm.


Semper Fi

Robert L. Hudon, Jr.
Managing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
Fiduciary Management Associates, LLC
55 West Monroe Street, 2550
Chicago, IL 60603

Oct 10, 2012

Down Sizing the Marine Corps

Gentleman, received my 3rdMarDiv Association newsletter today. Front page news is the on-going downsizing for the Corps headed to a 182,000 active structure. 

Big news here is that the Aviation side is losing 12 flying squadrons and their marine support groups. Infantry battalions going from 27 to 23, Inf. Regiments from 8 to 7.  Tank Companies from 10 to 8 and LAV companies to 12 from 15. 

As expected Marine SpecOps Group will continue to grow with an additional 850 Marines. None of this should be a surprise although some of the cuts could be less severe depending on the outcome of the election. 

The Corps stood at 173,000 before OIF kicked off. No end strength reduction for the SMCR although I do not know what is left of the 4thMAW which once had 12 VMFA squadrons just 20 years ago and are down to 1! 

P.S. MajGen Dave Bice is the VP of the organization and our friend and former MCROA President Al Cruz is the Chairman.   Everyone have a great Birthday Ball celebration on our 237th.  

Do we want to organize a Chicago Marine event around Christmas time?  

Semper Fi. 

Robert L. Hudon, Jr.

Sep 24, 2012

Leatherneck and Gazette

Dear Col Craig H Hullinger USMCR (Ret),
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Leatherneck delivers another gripping issue in October with a feature story on the unbelievable exploits of larger than life Marine legend – Pete Ortiz; looks at a gritty fight on Korean War Hill 812; fondly remembers the versatile A-4 Skyhawk; examines the introduction of a strange chocolate concoction as a WWII ration and much more.
Marine Corps Gazette stays in the fray with controversial articles examining current issues of interest to Marines in the widest range of occupational specialties and operational fronts. October's edition looks closely at Marine Reconnaissance, explores NEO Ops, dissects the organization of Marine Law Enforcement Battalions, explores projecting power in littoral areas, makes a case for a presence in Africa and features a must read leadership article with a provocative title - "Flying Monkey Leadership" among a host of other stimulating articles.

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Regards and Semper Fidelis to all of our members from the Professional Association for ALL Marines,
Col Walt Ford, USMC (Ret)
Marine Corps Association & Foundation
Publisher & Editor, Leatherneck

Col John Keenan, USMC (Ret)
Marine Corps Association & Foundation
Editor, Marine Corps Gazette